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Make someone smile with these 15 random acts of kindness

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In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

While receiving some random acts of kindness can perfectly brighten our day, you’d realize it’s even better when we are on the giving end.

There’s this heartwarming feeling when you have done a small, genuine act of kindness to a stranger, family, or friends. It’s sort of rewarding and gratifying to put a smile on other’s people faces. Especially at this trying time, we may never know what a person is actually struggling through. So, treating each other with little kindness is a big help in reducing not only the receiver’s stress but also yours.

If you’re up to make someone smile, here are 15 random acts of kindness you can do today or even in the future.

Not closing the shop door quickly

Whenever I go out of convenience stores, I really appreciate it when a person in front of me holds the door for me or slowly closes the door so it won’t hit my face. This eventually became a habit of mine to be conscious of people behind as I close the door.ย Imagine someone behind you has his or her hands full of all the stuff she bought, and as you go out, you didn’t close the door just as quickly so she can manage to open it. It’s simple yet you’re able to make it easy for them.

Hold the elevator door

If you hate people who immediately hits the close button in the elevator just so they won’t wait for other passengers, then be the change. If you heard someone rushing towards the elevator lobby and shouting “up” or “down”, hold the elevator door for them. Who knows? You might be able to save them from a minute of late from work or a meeting.

Spray alcohol on elevator buttons

If you’ve got a spray bottle of alcohol in your hand, spritz it on to the elevator buttons which are touched by many people every hour. It may not be seen by others but this small act contributes to containing the spread of the coronavirus in the place you are in.

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Leave a comment on someone’s post

Did a friend change his or her profile picture? Did a friend post his or her latest selfie after a while? Leave a genuine comment on their post! Even when they’re asking for recommendations, try sharing your suggestions. Social media is more than just watching videos and reading posts – it’s meant for connecting with family and friends especially now that we are socially distanced.

Share others’ blog posts or any social media posts

After reading or commenting on their post, how about sharing it to your feed? Do this if they’re sharing something relevant or informative. A single share can help someone reach a wider audience. It’s free and it only takes a few clicks to make someone smile today!

Tag a friend in feel-good posts

Alright, this might sound common for some of you but let me just say that tagging someone in a post you’ve seen can make someone special. Whether that’s a meme, quotes, or a beautiful photo, being tagged in some posts reminds a person that they are remembered no matter when’s the last time you’ve seen each other.

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Compliment genuinely

One of the random acts of kindness you can do is compliment someone genuinely. You may not know it but giving simple compliments can make other people feel good about themselves. More importantly, any person whom you give compliments regularly to will more likely want to be around you, because people naturally like to be around positive people.

Promote a friend’s business

I will always say this – if a friend launches a business, your support could mean a lot to them. It takes motivation for the business to kickstart successfully. Aside from purchasing from their products or services, you can help them by promoting it on your social media accounts so it can potentially reach more customers.

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Send a food package to someone

One time, I got a message from a Facebook friend that she would like to send me a few of her baked goods. When I asked her why, she said nothing – she just wanted to send me those delicious treats. I swear I felt happy as I received them. It made me feel remembered and special. That’s what anybody would feel for sure if you send them food, regardless if you created it or just bought online. It’s a kind gesture towards someone, making sure they are doing well and healthy.

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Give food to your place’s security or utility staff

If you live in a condominium or residential hotel, might as well give some snacks to your place’s security or utility personnel. They ensure your area’s cleanliness and safety so a little act of appreciation can make them feel proud of how they are doing in their job.

Give a water bottle to traffic enforcers

Traffic enforcers tend to stay longer under the scorching heat of the sun to manage the traffic on our roads. How about giving them a bottle of water as you pass by them? I am sure they would really appreciate your gesture.

Donate even a small amount

As you can see, people who need financial support turn to social media to call for donations. Currently, I have seen several related posts, asking for monetary assistance to support their medical needs, school needs (for online schooling), and more. While I won’t recommend donating to all of them because I know we are all facing financial struggles, I would suggest picking even just one beneficiary. No matter the amount, if you can share it, it still counts. Or, you make opt to send your donation to an organization that focuses on advocacy that interests you such as health, poverty, environment, children, etc.

Pay for the toll of the car behind you

When you’re on the road and happen to pass through a toll gate, tell the cashier that you’d also pay for the car behind you. Imagine how happy that person would feel!

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Assemble your plates before leaving a restaurant

We’re so used to having waiters in the restaurant who clean the tables after we leave the place. Maybe it’s time that you initiate to assemble your plates and clean the mess after you eat. It makes the job easier for them, and they would surely appreciate your kindness.

Leave a tip for somebody

It’s a challenging time for everyone, especially for the people who work on-ground despite the health risks due to COVID-19. So, a little tip for these people that service you will definitely put a smile on their face. I’m talking about courier service people, food delivery men, waiters, cashiers, security guards, and other people that help you live life conveniently amidst the pandemic.

There you go! These are only some of the many random acts of kindness we can do. Life has been tough already for all of us, and a little sprinkle of goodness in what we do everyday can change lives.

Have you received or shown a kind gesture from or to someone? I’d love to read them in the comments!

(42) Comments

  1. This is such a gorgeous post! Being kind is one of the best things a person can be.

    I know how happy it makes me when I am shown kindness so I always try to spread the love x

    1. This post just made me smile wide. I’m glad that I already do a few of these acts from the list. Thank you for writing this article. I also read a book called A Random Act of Kindness this year. ๐Ÿ˜…

  2. I love doing little things like this, it’s such a great way to do something small and change someone elses day! Thank you for sharing

  3. I love this, I had never thought about spraying the elevator button, but that is so nice, Iโ€™m going to do it in future!
    Thanks for sharing

    Mrs D

  4. I like your post! It’s true, with everything that’s happening, turning everyone’s lives upside down (most probably), the least we can do is at least do good deeds for the people around us. It’s always feels nice to make people smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m from the Philippines as well, by the way.

    1. I knew it! Haha kaya pala ang lakas ng hunch ko that you’re a Filipino ๐Ÿ˜€ Nice to e-meet you x

  5. This is such a positive post! I love the idea of spreading kindness through simple acts. Great tips ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anika |

  6. Michelle says:

    Great tips! Everyone is going through a hard time at the moment, so just being mindful of that and being kind can go a long way in this pandemic.

    All the best, Michelle (

  7. Love these – so simple to do but so meaningful to the recipient!

  8. This is such a lovely post. I’m going to be trying a few of these to spread a bit of kindness around!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

  9. These are good ways to practice kindness. I already did half of the list. Now Iโ€™m planning to promote my BFFโ€™s business and send her a food. Thank you for sharing this.

  10. This is a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing! Thank you for reminding people kindness can go a long way!

  11. I always used to stack up and tidy the table when I was done eating out. It was only after I became a waitress briefly that I realized few people do it and how much I appreciated it when someone did it for me. I also love leaving comment love and imagining the writer on the other end smiling so thanks for sharing this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Richie says:

    Hi Queenie. What a lovely idea. If we all spent a little more time thinking of others the world would be a better place. And, as you’ve said, it doesn’t need to be in monetary form – just holding the door for somebody costs nothing, but gives something.

  13. Abundance of Flavor says:

    Aww I love this so much! Little things go such a long way, and I feel like nowadays people are so surprised when you do something as simple as holding the door for them. I love the idea of getting security and support staff food! Already planning Christmas goodies for them come December ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Such a sweet post! Thank you for the reminder that we can always be kind. My favorite is sending food to people. We do it all the time and it is just so fun to share food that we love.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Great easy suggestions! In my latest post on 10 ways to get happier one of them is performing acts of kindness. I didnโ€™t think about spraying elevator buttons, great idea!

  16. This was such a delightful read. Sometimes it gets lost in all the negativity out there the difference that all these small acts can make and what they mean to people. And most of them give you no inconvenience whatsoever. Loved reading this – it’s just put me in a good mood for the day now so thank you!

    1. I love random acts of kindness! It kind of reminds me of that old movie, pay it forward. If everyone would make a conscious effort to do more of these things, I think it really could make a difference! Thank you for the reminder and inspiration!

  17. jenyscloset says:

    Great post. I always have a little space in my heart for kind people. I hope I can be more kinder than I was yesterday.


    1. Nicola Dale Training says:

      These are such lovely ideas! All so positive and I love the inclusion on coronavirus related ones X

      Nicola |

  18. All such small and simple things but really can make the world of difference to someone! The world definitely need a bit more kindness from everyone xxx

  19. I love this. We all have the ability to make a difference in the world every day. If every single person did one or two of these things a day, imagine what a great world it would be. Thanks for spreading the sunshine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Great post – its amazing how one small act can change a persons day for the good!

  21. Such lovely ideas! I would love to see more acts of kindness. It amazing the difference it can make to somebody’s life, isn’t it x

  22. I really love this, what wonderful ideas! A small act of kindness really does go a long way.

  23. The alcohol on elevator buttons is actually really genius! Iโ€™ll try to find a spray bottle soon!

  24. Johana says:

    These are very simple acts of kindness that truly go along way.

  25. Genuine compliments are really so useful for day to day life, they can brighten anyone’s day! Spraying alcohol on lift buttons are such a good idea especially during this period. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐ŸŒฟ Marissa Belle ร— ๐ŸŒฟ

  26. Hi Queen this is a good reminder and motivation on how we can actually help each other spiritually. We sometimes get caught up in our problems and forget things like these can ease our storms and also make us grow personally and open opportunities for us because will make relationships along the way through our kindness. This was a beautiful post that is very much helpful thank you for sharing.

  27. Loved this post! It’s always the smaller things that make the biggest impacts!

  28. Great ideas for acts of kindness! Itโ€™s amazing what the small acts of kindness can do for others โ™ฅ๏ธ

  29. These are just wonderful! Thank you for posting, I will be doing lots of these โค๏ธ

  30. Some of these, I didn’t even think of. Thanks for your meaningful post. It’s so easy, unfortunately, to lose the sense of connection with other humans these days. Let’s hope these acts of kindness will restore it!

  31. loveemblogger says:

    These are lovely ideas, thank you for sharing! It’s important to show some kindness in a work that’s so horrible at the moment. I really like these ideas, and I especially liked the spray down buttons one. I get on a bus for work and watched about 5 people touch the same button then touch their face. If I touch the button, I sanitise my hands before and after and wipe it down.

    Em x

  32. These are great tips. I’m currently trying to use being a kinder person as a tool for healing from a trauma I experienced in March. Hoping the influx of karma is good for my soul and helps me feel better.

  33. I love this post! Your suggestions are amazing! It is so important to spread kindness, especially during such difficult times.

  34. I always love random acts of kindness. Although we should always be kind, random acts are more of a bonus. I always love post comments!! I know people love them too so I make a point to spend the effort and be genuine about it. It is always nice to give people even the tiniest of things without them asking for anything in return. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Nancy โœจ

  35. Fantastic ideas!
    I appreciate it greatly when people hold the door open for me.. but I feel like that’s expected … not what people do to necessarily be kind
    leaving a tip or paying the toll of the car behind you is a great to pay it forward… hopefully those people will do the same ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I like this, these are a lot of different ideas you don’t see mentioned as much! And what a nice sentiment for a blog post, very wholesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ella-Rose ~

  37. I love this โ€” what a really great reminder to put a little bit of kindness out into the universe. Iโ€™m all for that!

  38. This is such a good post! I hadn’t thought about a couple of them. Thank you for posting.

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